Australia-bound Pak asylum seekers nabbed
Last Updated: Friday, February 03, 2012, 21:38
Kuala Lumpur: Eight Pakistani asylum seekers, including a child, were nabbed by Malaysian maritime authorities when they were trying pass through the country to reach Australia.

The refugees, aged between 10 and 40, were arrested last night along with two Malaysian men and an Indonesia boat off Port Dickson in Malaysia's Negeri Sembilan State during patrolling, Bernama new agency reported.

"The boat was ordered to stop but it sped off towards land and the boat skipper tried to flee together with the migrants," district Maritime Enforcement Agency chief Ibrahim Mohamed said today.

He said the asylum seekers were believed to be heading for Indonesia and then to Australia.

Authorities seized 45,000 ringgit (USD 14,944) cash in US, Afghan, Sri Lankan and Pakistani currencies.

As per initial investigation, the Pakistani migrants had paid between USD 1,000 to 6,000 for being transported to Australia.


First Published: Friday, February 03, 2012, 21:38

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